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Latest Agriculture news from the European Union.

EU launches in-depth probe into Monsanto Bayer merger 29 August 2017, 00:26 CET
The EU has opened an in-depth probe into Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto over concerns that the merger may reduce competition in pesticides, seeds and traits.

Brussels aims for fairer food supply chain 16 August 2017, 23:49 CET
The EU Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation Wednesday on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer, aiming to address unfair trading practices with respect to agri-food products.

EU healthy eating scheme for schools under way 02 August 2017, 00:27 CET
A new EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme for healthy eating was in place from 1 August, ready to be implemented across the European Union as of the first day of the 2017/2018 school year.

Endocrine disruptors 07 July 2017, 00:31 CET
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is seen as an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.

Green light for new EU rules on organic farming 29 June 2017, 00:05 CET
After 20 months of discussion, EU Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement Wednesday on an overhaul of existing EU rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.

EU Platform on Animal Welfare 07 June 2017, 01:22 CET
The first meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare (the Platform) took place on 6 June 2017. The Platform gathered 75 representatives from stakeholders, NGOs, scientists, Member States, EEA (European Economic Area) countries, international organisations and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). This is the 1st time that all key EU players gathered to exchange experiences and contribute to improving the welfare of animals.

Welsh cider, perry gain EU protected food status 01 June 2017, 00:01 CET
Traditional Welsh Perry and Welsh Cider celebrated with French Charolais beef Wednesday as the three quality products won protected food status from the European Commission.

44 pct food has some pesticide residues, not harmful: EU report 20 April 2017, 18:05 CET
Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits, new figures show.

Pesticides and bees 19 April 2017, 12:41 CET
The EU has one of the strictest regulatory systems in the world concerning the approval of pesticides. All pesticides on the market have been subject to a thorough assessment to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment. Insecticides are, by their nature, toxic to bees. However, their use should still be possible if exposure does not occur or is minimised to levels which do not generate harmful effects.

New EU e-certificates for organic imports into force 19 April 2017, 23:08 CET
A new system of electronic certification for monitoring imports of organic products into the EU came into force Wednesday, improving the products' traceability and collection of reliable data on its trade.

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA 15 March 2017, 23:43 CET
ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

Official Controls Regulation - Enforcement of rules along the agri-food chain in the EU 15 March 2017, 17:39 CET
After successful negotiations between the European Parliament and the EU Member States in the Council, the new Official Controls Regulation adopted today will enhance and reinforce the EU system as an international reference for integrated rules covering the entire agri-food chain.

Boost for European fruit and vegetable producers 15 March 2017, 00:11 CET
New rules adopted Monday by the EU Commission provide simpler rules, reduced administrative burden and greater financial support in times of crisis for Europe's fruit and vegetable producers.

Reduction in EU milk supply edges prices up 09 March 2017, 14:17 CET
A reduction in the EU milk supply at the end of 2016 contributed to a significant recovery in EU milk prices, says a report on the short-term outlook for arable crops, olive oil, meat and dairy markets in the EU.

Trade agreements boost for EU agri-food exports 27 February 2017, 17:48 CET
Trade agreements have helped to boost EU agricultural exports and have supported jobs in the agri-food sector and other sectors of the economy, according to a new independent study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. Trade agreements with three countries – Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland – were studied in detail.

Russian pork ban illegal, WTO confirms 27 February 2017, 22:25 CET
Russia's 2014 import ban on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the European Union violates international trade rules, the World Trade organization's Appellate Body confirmed on Friday.

Record high for EU agri-food exports in 2016 27 February 2017, 13:51 CET
The European Union had an agri-food trade surplus of EUR 18.8 billion in 2016, according to a Commission report, with the annual value of agri-food exports reaching a new record level at EUR 130.7 billion.

EU guaranteed quality - Talk about tasty! : geographical indication marks help you rediscover authentic food 23 February 2017, 13:56 CET
The European Union protects European food heritage by highlighting its diversity and emphasising the qualities associated with the origin of its products.

Protected status for Welsh coracle-caught salmon 22 February 2017, 14:34 CET
Salmon caught using the ancient Welsh traditional method of coracle fishing was awarded protected EU status Tuesday when it was added to the EU's quality register of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

MEPs approve safeguards for EU banana growers against Ecuador imports 02 February 2017, 21:44 CET
The European Parliament approved Thursday rules to protect EU banana growers against any surge in imports from Ecuador after its accession to the EU-Colombia/Peru trade deal.

EU launches public debate on its food and farming policy 03 February 2017, 11:05 CET
The EU Commission opened a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy Thursday, with the CAP facing key challenges of food security and sustainable development.

U.S. lifts ban on imports of French beef 17 January 2017, 18:56 CET
The United States has lifted a ban on imports of beef from France, representing another step on the reopening of a market which has been closed since the 1990s BSE epidemic.

Control of TSEs (including BSE and scrapie) 17 January 2017, 00:24 CET
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) are a family of diseases occurring in man and animals and are characterised by a degeneration of brain tissue giving a sponge-like appearance leading to death The family includes diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) and Kuru in humans, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, Scrapie in small ruminants (sheep and goats), Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in cervids and Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy (TME) in minks. The commonly accepted cause of the TSE diseases is a transmissible agent called a prion (PrPres), which is an abnormal form of a protein.

Beehives in the EU on the increase: beekeeping sector report 13 January 2017, 00:17 CET
The European Commission published Thursday a report on the implementation of national beekeeping programmes, which benefit from EUR 33 million annually from the EU budget.

EU efforts for bee health 13 January 2017, 00:06 CET
Bee health depends on many factors. This is why EU actions cover several policy areas including: beekeeping and agriculture, environment, research, pesticides, veterinary issues and surveillance measures. There are around 630.000 beekeepers and 16 millions of hives in the EU, producing 234.000 tons of honey per year.